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Hear from the Teachers

Our impact is perhaps best demonstrated by what participants in our programs say about their experiences. Teachers value their participation in all types of CEE programs.

CEE Professional Development

CEE and our partner organizations deliver programs and teacher training through in-person workshops and online webinars. Training demonstrates how to use our hands-on instructional materials and state-of-the-art approaches to K-12 economic and financial literacy education.

Teachers visit the New York Stock Exchange during our workshop, ‘Teaching Financial Crises: Visiting Wall Street to Hear the Real Story.’

Professor Dale DeBoer of the University of Colorado uses CEE resources to instruct teachers on “Unemployment and the Quest for Jobs” at a Colorado Council for Economic Education workshop.

“This has been the finest in-service training in my 36-year teaching career. Economics is useful everywhere, and so is economic thinking. It has influenced every class I have taught and I am forever grateful and excited to return to these events.”

-Barry Greynolds, Monticello High School, Monticello, NY

“The workshops are innovative and thought-provoking. Rick Fenner [Director, Mohawk Valley Center for Economic Education] took a subject matter that’s usually complex and intense, and he made it easy to understand. I’m motivated for the next workshop.”

-Hector Ortiz, New Utrect High School, Brooklyn, NY

CEE Annual Conference

In 2014, over 500 educators attended CEE’s 53rd Annual Conference that brings together K-12 teachers, university professors, and Federal Reserve partners to share best practices, learn from each other, gain exposure to new ideas, and honor teacher excellence. Please visit our Annual Conference page for more information.

CEE’s 53rd Annual Conference on Financial Literacy and Economic Education

CEE’s 51st Annual Conference on Financial Literacy and Economic Education

“This conference was a great experience for me as a first-year teacher. I was able to bring so much from the conference back to my classroom. It is great that we have such a hardworking organization that is going the extra mile to provide classroom teachers with the professional development, research, resources, and funds to further our education and teaching practices in the realm of economic education.”

-Daniel Bailey Pine Ridge Middle School, Columbia, SC


“I have enjoyed the conference and I am truly grateful that I have been afforded this amazing opportunity to change the way my students think about economics. I know that I am enriching their lives by teaching them the skills in financial literacy that will help them be more prepared to enter the real world. I am undoubtedly excited to return to my campus and share the abundance of knowledge received at this conference. Very seldom do we get life-changing experiences, but this weekend has been that for me. I realized that I love economics a lot more than I thought I did!”

-Kala Morrow Bullard High School, Bullard, TX


Melody Key, winner of CEE’s Elementary Teacher Award, teaches ‘Elementary Economics 101’ at the 51st Annual Conference, Kansas City, MO.

Hundreds of educators at the 51st Annual Conference Opening Plenary Session are treated to a special recorded video message from Ben Bernanke, Chairman of the Board of the Federal Reserve System.

Using Our Materials

We’re continually investing and renewing our K-12 learning materials to meet the evolving needs of teachers. In order to meet the needs of educators throughout the country, our curriculum is aligned to meet content standards in multiple disciplines and the Common Core.

Ken Mengani, an Economics teacher from Brooklyn, New York, talks about using simulations from CEE’s Capstone curricula to help his students apply economic concepts to everyday scenarios

Teachers discuss how they use CEE’s Financial Fitness for Life curricula in their classrooms.

“Thank you very much for providing excellent, free lesson plans and instruction that includes hands-on collaborative exercises. They are essential, especially for those of us that have not studied economics.”

-Valerie Bove, St. John’s Prep, Queens, NY

“The wide variety of services and support resources made available by the Council for Economic Education has served as a lifeline for myself and my students.”

-Brian Page, Reading High School, Reading, OH


CCEE - Financial Fitness for Life Playful Economics workshop

Teachers learn to integrate the Financial Fitness for Life curriculum into their classes during Personal Financial Literacy training in Colorado.

The Playful Economics resource shows educators how to use modeling clay to teach basic financial literacy concepts to their students.